General Information

As of 1st January 2018, the EAMT library has 207 643 items:
40 160 books
132 524 scores
2916 theses and researches
27 133 audio recordings (including 15 948 CDs)
3504 video recordings (including 2736 DVDs)
118 periodical titles



The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre  library was founded in 1935. It is the largest research library for classical music in Estonia, and a major part of the collections are unique in Estonia. In 2005, the EAMT library received status of a research library (by order no. 215 of the Government of the Republic, from 22 April 2005).

Library acquisitions include music and theatre books, materials on educational sciences (especially music education) and cultural management specialties, scores, sound and video recordings and electronic databases. EAMT publications, theses and research by faculty and students, and audio and video recordings of EAMT concerts and performances are carried in their entirety. The library archive contains manuscripts of works and treatises by outstanding Estonian composers, unique audio recordings and printed editions (e.g. editions by Peeter Jürgenson, an Estonian origin music publisher), rare scores and books. The main share of the theatre literature, feature films and video recordings of stage performances are located at the library branch located at the EAMT drama school. Almost the entire library collection is housed on open shelves, and the audiovisual equipment is accessible to all. Acquisitions proceed based on EAMT study programmes and target-financed research themes.

The library is open to its approximately 2,800 users six days a week - a total of 56 hours a week. EAMT library collection has been entered into e-catalogue ESTER.

During the years the library collection is complemented by many donors. In May 2011, the voluminous and diverse library of German opera director Prof. Joachim Herz (1924-2010) arrived in Tallinn. It was an ambitious international project. In 1998 Prof. Herz signed an agreement with two parties: the Akademie der Künste Berlin and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The contract defined that after professor's death the Akademie der Künste will get Herz's personal archive (letters, photos, handwritten notes, etc.) and the EAMT will get his books, scores and sound recordings. The transportation to Tallinn had to be made at the expense of the Akademie der Künste.

The Joachim Herz's library consists of almost 7000 volumes and 2684 sound recordings. Main areas of his library are music, theatre, and visual arts. But there are also books, mostly in German, on cultural and social studies, history, biology, theology, etc. His sound recordings collection ranges from early music to jazz. The list of catalogued items is available here.